“May God comfort you…” Upon Ending Shloshim For My Father

Editor’s Note: As Passover ends, we are again given the opportunity, in ritual fashion, for one of our tradition’s Yizkor services. To remember is a gift. This guest blog post for Pesach Yizkor is from [Read more…]

Talmud Torah

Yom Kippur and the Tradition of Remembering Souls on the Other Side

Editor’s Note: This commentary is adapted from Rabbi Raphael’s April 1, 2015 article in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. On Yom Kippur, it is traditional to recite Yizkor prayers in memory of deceased loved ones. The [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Memories of my Mom and Dad — Yizkor 2013

Our Jewish calendar provides us with time to remember those we have loved.  On their Yarzheits, or anniversary of passing, our thoughts turn to our mothers or fathers, our sisters or brothers, our husbands or [Read more…]

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Reflections on Aging

Reflections on Aging- The High Holy Days

Once again I am floored by how close the High Holy Days are. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to me as I have been working to line up Torah and Haftarah readers and many [Read more…]